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2018 Premier Season

Great Lakes Leadership Forum
Thursday, July 12

Fascinating guests will take the stage with moderator Bill Cobb, retiring H&R Block CEO. Guests include Dr. Edison Miyawaki, neurologist, and Daniel Hesse, former Sprint Corp. CEO.

Stars of the Joffrey Ballet
Saturday, July 14

One of America’s cultural jewels, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique perspective on dance,proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company, audiences, and repertoire which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works.

Interlochen Jazz Faculty
Tuesday, July 17

Join Interlochen Arts Camp faculty for an unforgettable evening of Jazz, America’s own music. These acclaimed performers will have guests swingin’ in their seats!


Pink Martini
Saturday, July 21

Pink Martini’s “little orchestra” draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ‘50s and crosses genres to make an eclectic, genre-defiant sound.

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, July 24

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra has completed 16 seasons, offering over 150 performances since 2001 including chamber music series concerts and education concerts.

Sara Evans
Saturday, July 28

The double-platinum earning country star Sara Evans has released seven studio albums with hits like Born to Fly, Real Fine Place, Stronger, Suds in the Bucket, and I Could Not Ask for More.

Great Lakes Music Festival
Thursday, August 2

Featuring The Drew Hale Band and Jake Allen. The Great Lakes Music Festival is an annual event showcasing compelling young indie/country/rock artists with ties to the Great Lakes region.

The Marriage of Figaro: Bay View Opera

Tuesday – Wednesday, August 7-8
This fully staged, hilarious production of Mozart’s popular opera, accompanied by orchestra, is a great evening of entertainment for first-timer and opera aficionados.

Matthew Morrison

Saturday, August 11
Matthew Morrison, backed by his five-piece band, will perform Broadway standards, and numbers from his past productions, such as Hairspray, South Pacific, and Glee.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Friday – Saturday, August 17 – 18

The musical depicts the short life of Buddy Holly and his rise to recording fame, only to end tragically in 1959 in a plane crash that also claimed Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

Comedian Tom Papa
Saturday, August 25

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV, and radio, as well as on the live stage.

Great Lakes Conservatory Night
Thursday, August 30

Experience the incredible talents of the Great Lakes’ most gifted young musicians, with the 2018 event featuring the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Celebrate the Journey!
Sunday, September 2

In celebration of our first summer and the exciting journey to come, join GLCFA for a light-hearted ‘80s party featuring The Journey Tribute Band and other festivities!

  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Intellectual Dialogue
  • Movies & Film
  • Education